Is it normal to feel ovulation pain on both sides? What does it mean? Does it mean I ca get pregnant with twins if both sides hurt or cramp when ovulating? Here are answers and how to relieve ovulation cramps on both sides of the abdomen.
For women who experience ovulation pain, it is rarely on both sides of the abdomen at the same time. However, some situations can lead to pain being felt on both sides of the abdomen during ovulation. This situation is referred to as bilateral ovulation and it means both of your ovaries are releasing mature eggs. Here are causes of ovulation pain on both sides. In addition to that, learn how to use Clomid to stimulate bilateral ovulation, and how to get relief from ovulation pain shall dealt with.
Can you have or feel ovulation pain on both sides?
Is it possible? Ovulation pain can be felt either on one side only, or on both sides. Before delving into the details of why it occurs, a look into what causes ovulation pain is needed.
What causes ovulation pain?
Ovulation is the process by which the mature egg ruptures from the ovary and starts the journey towards the uterus through the fallopian tube. Among the causes of pain during this period include;
- Developing follicles; the egg in the ovary will gain considerable size when growing to maturity. This growth process will expand the walls of the ovary leading to some pain in the abdomen.
- Rupturing follicles; when the egg is mature, it will break out from the ovary with the process being symptomized by some pain and light bleeding.
In some women, however, the pain is never felt at all while others have very intense pain. The pain can also be felt for several days given that ovulation may go on for as long as 48 hours. When it occurs on both sides of the abdomen, it may occur at the same time on both sides or at different times on either side.
What does ovulation pain on both sides mean?
Ovulation on both sides is a sign that both ovaries are ovulating at the same (or approximately the same) time. The usual case during ovulation is that only a single ovary will release an egg that is mature enough to be fertilized. The ovulation process can take place on either side of the abdomen which means the pain can be felt on either side.
Ovulation occurs randomly from the left and right side of the body. Contrary to popular belief, ovulation does not occur alternatively between the two sides. One side can produce an egg for three menstrual cycles while the other stays dormant.
In some cases, ovulation can occur in both ovaries at the same time. Such a case will involve ovaries in either side of the abdomen rupturing their follicles to release a mature egg each.
If ovulation occurs on either side, it may happen at different times. This is because the eggs in the ovaries may have started being incubated at different times hence their ovulation could be some time apart. It may just be a few hours apart or even a day apart.
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Does ovulation pain on both sides mean twins?
Ovulation on both sides may mean twins or not. The fact that both ovaries are releasing mature eggs means that both can be fertilized at the same time to give two embryos that will grow together to be born as twins. However, there are a few things to know about this type of twins and their possible occurrence.
- They will be fraternal twins if they are born from bilateral ovulation. Fraternal twins are those that are born at the same time but share few features. Given that each twin will be born from an egg-and-sperm combination that he independent from the other one, they will not share many traits.
- Bilateral ovulation is caused by the twin gene which enables on to release more than one mature eggs during each menstrual cycle in what is known as hyper-ovulation.
- The fraternal twins can also be obtained when two eggs are released by the same ovary. In this regard, the ovulation pain will only be felt on one side of the abdomen.
- Even when the bilateral ovulation takes place, it is not a guarantee that you will experience fraternal twins since either one or both eggs may fail to be fertilized at the right time.
What causes pain on both sides during ovulation?
Pain during ovulation will be caused by both ovaries releasing eggs at the same time. In short, both the left and right-side ovulation pain is ovulation occurring in both ovaries at the same time. It is a rare occasion that is likely to happen if one has the twin gene.
- When each of the eggs in either ovary grows then ruptures out of the ovaries, they cause some level of pain in the abdomen.
- When both ovaries release an egg, the chances of getting a twin are high especially if both eggs are fully matured before being released.
- If this occurs, the woman will also feel implantation pain on both sides of the abdomen.
The implantation pain will be from the spasms experienced in the fallopian tubes are they push the eggs towards the uterus, and the burrowing of the eggs into the walls of the uterus.
Thus, one of the ways to know if the bilateral ovulation has resulted into twins is where the implantation pain will be felt from.
Besides that, pain on both sides of abdomen can be caused by various other health conditions such as;
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases
- Ovarian cancer
- Kidney stones
Clomid and ovulation cramps on both sides
Clomid is among the main drugs used by women with reproductive disorders such as infertility, irregular menstrual periods and others. Also known as clomiphene, this drug helps a lot of women get pregnant and even have twins.
Clomid works by stimulating the ovaries to incubate more eggs to maturity. Thus, when taking such a drug, the effect will be that ovulation will be occurring in multiples in either ovary.
Clomid is known to increase the chances of getting twins and other multiple births such as triplets and quadruplets. One notable aspect with clomid is that the twins born will mostly be fraternal given that they will be from different eggs and sperms.
How to relieve ovulation pain fast
Depending on how intense the abdominal pains are, there are various methods you can deal with them. They include;
- Taking rest can help sooth the pain away. Something as simple as sleeping for a few minutes can do the trick. Essentially, it’s about relaxing and avoiding stress.
- Use painkillers. However, the type of painkillers you will use relies on the end results you desire. If you desire to conceive, then use simple painkillers such as paracetamol. On the other hand, if you do not want to get pregnant, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can come in hand.
- Warming the lower abdomen has been proven to reduce the amount of pain felt during various bodily processes one of which is ovulation pain. This can be done in various ways including taking a warm bath and placing a bottle of warm water on the lower part of the abdomen.
- Use a contraceptive to prevent ovulation in totality. However, many people want to get twins and the likelihood of experiencing the ovulation cramps when on a contraceptive are very low.
- Another common anti-inflammatory remedy is chamomile tea. Take it as a normal cup of tea once or twice a day and the pain will be gone.
- If you experience severe ovulation cramps on both sides or your ovulation is accompanied by heavy bleeding, it is likely that you are having another problem besides the ovulation process. Also, if the ovulation cramps last for more than three days, you will need to see a doctor.
- Warm lemon water can be used to sooth the pain when taken in reasonable amounts.
- Another form of tea known to sooth general pain in the abdomen is Ginger root tea. Just like other types of tea, you need to take it once or twice a day.
- If your cramps are being accompanied by indigestion/constipation (which is often the case), you can chew on fennel seeds so sooth the ovulation pain However, given that fennel seeds are not advised for pregnant women, it would not be wise to take them at this time of the menstrual cycle. However, if they are the only option available, they can serve the purpose.
Ovulation pain on both sides of the abdomen is generally considered a sign of double ovulation. In women with the twin gene, this is a common occurrence given their predisposition to produce more than a single mature egg during each menstrual cycle.
The biggest misconception about this occurrence has been that most women automatically assume that it means they will have twins. This will only occur if there is sperm to fertilize both eggs and implant them successfully. Otherwise, it could be a single child or none at all.